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Radiation protection of patients - IAEA's role (English)

IAEA CALLS FOR ENHANCED RADIATION PROTECTION OF PATIENTS Safety Specialists Warn Against Overuse of New Imaging Devices Advances in medical imaging techniques are allowing doctors to detect hidden diseases and make ever more accurate diagnoses. But radiation safety experts at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) say that the overuse of high-tech scanning procedures may unnecessarily expose patients to increased radiation levels. The IAEA, in collaboration with other international organizations, is developing a series of measures aimed at strengthening patient protection. The focus of recent efforts is a Smart Card project, to log how much radiation a person receives in the course of a lifetime. Concern surrounds procedures such as computed tomography (CT) scans because they deliver higher doses of radiation to patients in comparison to conventional X-rays (radiographs). It's been estimated that the average radiation dose of one CT scan is equal to roughly 500 chest X-rays. And that can increase a patient's lifetime risk of cancer, particularly if CT scans are repeated. Madan Rehani, IAEA Radiation Safety Specialist, talks about the IAEA’s role promoting the radiation protection of patients with Louise Potterton.

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Experts: Madan Rehani, IAEA Radiation Safety Specialist
Programme Format: Interview
Date of Broadcast: 0000-00-00
Date of Upload: 2011-07-19 16:37:11
File Format: MP3
Themes: Health --> Healthy Living

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